2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Speaking during a luncheon held by the Central Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joked/threatened/promised that President Obama’s nominee to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sylvia Mathews Burwell, is “probably going to be confirmed and probably going to have the worst experience of her adult life.”
“I think she’s a pretty capable person,” McConnell also said of Burwell. ”The issue here to me is not the personnel. It’s the bill.”
Speaking of the woman who previously ran the HHS, McConnell said, ”I never called for [Kathleen] Sebelius’ resignation because I don’t think anybody could figure out how to administer this law. It’s a tough assignment.” He also repeated his frequent refrain that he wanted to see Obamacare repealed entirely, “root and branch.”
Asked about the consequences of full repeal on those who have, through Obamacare, received affordable health insurance for the first time, McConnell implied that the health care insurance reform law had done at least just as much harm as good.
“There are a lot of people like that, of course, who are losing what they had before, who were insured through the high-risk pool, who are losing what they had before,” he said.
“The way that should’ve been handled was state-based high-risk pools,” he continued. “Not at the federal level. Because for every one of those, you’ve got somebody who was insured and through a state-based high-risk pool, who lost their situation because they were wiped out Dec. 31 of 2013. So I’m worried about those people.”
McConnell’s implication that just as many have lost insurance as have gained insurance under Obamacare is a popular talking point on the right. It has been determined by non-partisan fact-checkers to be completely false.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.